Senator Mark DeSaulnier Issues Statement on BART Strike

July 2, 2013 11:17 am · 73 comments

The following statement is from Senator Mark DeSaulnier:

BART does not just ensure that nearly 200,000 riders get from point A to point B every day—BART plays a key role in the Bay Area economy,” Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) said.

“I am urging BART workers and management get back to the table to resume negotiations as soon as possible. When a strike of this magnitude occurs everyone loses—the commuters, the rank and file workers, and management. BART is too important for Bay Area commuters and the continued economic recovery of our region to be shut down for an extended period of time.”

1 J. July 2, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Golf clap.

2 Greedy July 2, 2013 at 11:20 AM

I hope the workers who are striking lose their bid for a whopping 23% increase – who gets that? – and have to go back to work ASAP. They don’t care who they are affecting as long as they get their way in the end. Such garbage. What about our teachers who get paid pennies on the dollar for the work they do AND have no benefits in some districts. Yeah, BART employees are showing themselves to be the greedy bunch they are.

3 ItsAnInsideJob July 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Mark, no more talk…it is action time for you, our legislator. Introduce legislation to allow the solicitation of bids from private companies to operate BART which triggers immediately upon a strike. That will motivate productive contract negotiations because both sides of the table will LOSE if they cannot work effectively toward compromise. Taxpayers paid for the system, we ride the system, we tolerate the system. Let us have a voice in determining how we want the resources we provided used. Management and BART employees are not competent. Introduce this legislation NOW and publicize it. You’ll also get some nice press.

4 Drive Sober July 2, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I say management and DeSaulnier need to look at the bigger picture. We cannot afford the union to take more than the management has to give. Because the raising of prices will be a much more painful and long lasting impact in the end on those affected right now.

5 Winston July 2, 2013 at 11:25 AM

This is kind of a bland statement. How about a demand that the BART workers who are holding the Bay Area hostage do their jobs. Their pay and benefits are way out of line with their skills and I’m tired of paying for it!

6 Howard K Mullins III July 2, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I thought Bart carried more like 400,000 passengers today.

Whatever, lock up the liquor cabinet Mark and go look for work outside the political arena.

7 Lori July 2, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Oh geez I bet that will get them running back to the tables……

8 TeamUSA July 2, 2013 at 11:31 AM

They pay like $93 a month for health insurance + eligibility for ALL benefits. I haven’t had health insurance since I was 13 because I can’t afford it. I’m unemployed, too, so I would love to have a job! And I’d be grateful, too!!!

9 Pegasus July 2, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Thank you Mark for your keen grasp of the obvious.

10 Replace them with non union workers July 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

23% pay raise is Crazy.

Their jobs require no skill at all and are Way over paid.

The unions attitude that they have us by the balls is B.S.

There jobs will be filled up over night for 1/2 of their pay.

If I were Bart I would replace them all with non union workers and be done with SEIU.

11 Collette Ellsworth July 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I say throw them raw meat to chew on! My little (deceased) brother worked for BART for many years – they make “bank” and when he died, his widow was so totally covered – They can whine all the way to the bank – greed will not get them anywhere – it’s those who struggle to get in and around to work are the ones that will suffer, sadly to say :(

12 Collette Ellsworth July 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Plus, Joel Keller who was on the BART Board, retired from Oakland PD, then retired from CoCoCounty Probation – I call it triple dipping – is riding high and rich….

13 K July 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I will go to work for BART right now with what they get now. Where do I apply ?

14 @TeamUSA July 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

If you have not had health insurance since you were 13 ( shame on your parents) and are unemployed, you need to get off your butt and get a job. Can’t find one here in the Bay Area? Move. North Dakota has more jobs than residents. A lot of other states have plenty of jobs. THERE ARE NO EXCUSES!!!!

15 Bill July 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

@Greedy, Mike, how would you feel if the BART workers had given concessions numerous times over the years.. And During this said time of cooperation and restraint management decided to give themselves millions in new raises and bonuses?? Would the workers have a right to be pissed off then??

http://www.alternet.org/labor/7-things-you-need-know-about-bart-strike-california#.UdL_hstTjFA.facebook

16 Mr. John July 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

There are three sides to this conflict: The union, the management and the customers that have to pay for whatever union and management decide. Which side was not invited to the table, again?

The people’s representative in issues of this magnitude is the government. The government should get in there and force resolution. The government should have sat both sides down on January 1 and said that if a new deal wasn’t in place by April 1, both sides would be replaced, with management out on April 1 and BART employees released as of July 1. BART employees that wished to remain could reapply for their old jobs, but there would be no pay increase – and the new compensation would be reduced to pay for the costs of transitioning to a partially new workforce.

BART is a public service. That means is should not be afforded the treatment of a private business.

17 shi July 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Come on the work for bart what do they think theres going to make a bunch of money go back to School

18 Anon July 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

I encourage everyone to read today’s editorial in the Contra Costa Times. BART workers are the highest paid in in the region, they have free pensions, and the same great medical insurance when they retire after five years. They work 37 1/2 hours a week and “can call in sick during the workweek and then volunteer for overtime shifts on their days off.”
“If BART directors fail to rein in costs, everyone will be paying higher fares and taxes while service deteriorates.”
The union is being totally unrealistic and unreasonable.

19 JW July 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Tom Vacar said it best. “BART carries 400,000 passengers a day. That is 400,000 votes.” Or he said something along those lines.

20 Jojo potato July 2, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Here’s my plan: replace all the Bart workers with returning veterans. Like a pipeline from Iraq Afghanistan straight into Bart training. I’m sure they would do a great job and we all win. How about it mark? Get to work on something useful!

21 Old Timer July 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Politicians and Union worker’s both are in the same bed together when it comes to money and benefits,hold your ground Bart!

22 Claycordian July 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Markie is becoming overly impressed with his own
importance. These “train operators” already make
too much money for sitting on their butts riding
around all day while the computer runs the trains.

23 GG July 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

K #13,

Here’s the link to apply for a BART job. Let us know how you do. Good luck!

http://www.bart.gov/about/jobs/

24 Loyal opposition July 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

“7 Key Things You Need to Know About the BART Strike in California

News and social media are awash in misunderstanding and disinfo about the strike. Here are the facts that matter.

July 1, 2013 |

Workers put a halt on the San Francisco Bay Area’s main public transit system to strike for fair wages and better working conditions. These Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers, members of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, were out picketing and rallying after their contracts expired Sunday night and negotiations were not reached. The last time BART workers went on strike was in 1997.
As misinformation and distortion has spread around the strike, here are the key facts:
1. The strike was a last resort as negotiations failed.
While BART spokesperson Rick Rice pompously declared in an issued statement that “This strike is not necessary,” the negotiations between BART management and unions have been going on for three months. Josie Mooney, spokesperson for SEIU 1021 stated: “BART management is engaging in what is called ‘surface bargaining. …They’re trying to appear in public like they are working to keep the trains running, but they’re doing nothing to respond to good-faith offers by BART workers aimed at avoiding a strike.” The unions said that BART management has failed to provide them with the budget they have to work with in order to negotiate.
Meanwhile, BART officials are making weak proposals that ultimately give workers less. While union leaders are demanding a 4.5 percent annual raise over the next three years, BART officials proposed a two percent annual increase over the next four years, which would ultimately cut their net pay — especially as workers are recently faced with having to contribute to their pensions (while not being eligible for Social Security) and pay $92 a month for health insurance. This proposal would also be contingent on “factors including ambitious ridership increases, sales tax revenues, and reductions in the number of employees taking leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.”
Therefore, on Sunday night at 8 P.M., when BART negotiators informed union leaders that they had no new proposal, the union leaders went to their union halls for discussion — informing negotiators where to find them if any new proposal were to arise. BART officials have since attempted to spin the story, stating that union members were walking away from negotiations.
2. The money is there.
During the recession, workers sacrificed $100 million in wage increases and other benefits. But over the past three years, BART has seen a surplus in its budget, as ridership revenue and sales tax revenue rise. But the workers haven’t seen a pay increase in four years.
President of the ATU 1555, Antonette Bryant stated that “instead of negotiating, BART directors have hired high-priced political operatives to run a smear campaign against its own workforce.” She also wrote that the trend to forecast deficit has been used to deny workers fair wages:
Imagine if every four years you had to negotiate your salary, health and retirement benefits, hours and working conditions with politicians who, as we know from gridlock in Washington, instinctively play games rather than compromise. It’s not easy. …
BART itself is forecasting an annual operating surplus of $125 million per year for the next 10 years. But because this is a contract negotiations year with its union workers, BART’s politicians once again have projected an overall budget deficit of $10 billion over 25 years that workers and riders are supposed to resolve.
3. BART workers are not greedy.
As BART officials have inflated the salary figures of BART train operators and station agents to an average of $71,000 annually, the SF Examiner reported workers make a maximum of $62,000 annually. While this still may seem like a decent salary, a family of four living in the Bay Area need $74,341 a year just to get by.
Meanwhile, BART general managers make an average $399,000 a year. A 2009 investigative research report found that BART managers spend millions travelling and wining and dining at taxpayers expense.
4. Worker safety is also a huge part of negotiations.
Besides demanding fair wages and compensation packages, workers are also requiring improved safety conditions, such as lighting improvements in the underground trackways and improved trainings. Since 2009, BART employee injuries have risen 43 percent. Meanwhile assaults on station agents went from nine percent to 31 percent last year. These attacks include rape and homicide.
As BART officials have refused to acknowledge and negotiate safer working conditions, the two unions have filed a lawsuit charging BART’s elected Board of Directors as refusing to bargain in good faith over worker safety.
5. More than just a BART strike.
While the BART strike is drawing national attention, another strike also took off in the Bay Area on Monday. More than 3,000 Oakland City workers went on a one-day strike, as an attempt to put pressure on the government for stalling negotiations. These workers included street and park maintenance employees, librarian assistants, etc. Head Start and senior center programs were affected. The last time Oakland city workers went on strike was in 1946.
AC Transit, the major bus service in the East Bay, is undergoing negotiations as workers’ contracts also expired Sunday at midnight. Though talks resume, if ATU 192 also decides to strike, it would bring the East Bay to a halt.
6. Everyone’s wrongly complaining about their commute.
So, the 400,000 people who ride BART each weekday had to find an alternative route to work. The Bay Bridge was like a “parking lot,” buses were swamped and the lines for other public transit were long. We get it. That’s what happens when a major public transportation system — the fifth busiest rapid transit system in the country — shuts down.
But instead of focusing on why there’s a BART strike and what’s at stake for the workers, some people on Twitter took to complaining about their extra long commute. Even worse, the media too focused heavily on the lengthy commute today and providing alternative routes instead of on the important stuff. … Typical.
BART officials have played into this by offering apologies, blaming the unions and ‘doing their best’ to provide alternative transit options. But when people become over-concerned about an inconvenience, they forget that these brave BART workers are, in essence, fighting for all workers. And they are certainly forgetting that if BART truly cared about their riders, they would have negotiated properly before their workers contract expired.
7. Silicon Valley capitalizes on the strike.
But perhaps even more insensitive than Bay Area residents and media outlets are the techies in Silicon Valley, who are exploring ways to profit off of the BART strike. One company is even promoting helicopter rides from between San Francisco and the East Bay. As Gawker reported, “Here’s how thinking about the world works in Silicon Valley: when public transportation is disrupted (in the old sense) due to labor disputes, that’s not an inconvenience! It’s an opportunity to plug your app and offer helicopter rides— literally fly over society’s problems.”
Reports state that currently no talks are scheduled, and therefore, the strike will continue.
Alyssa Figueroa is an associate editor at AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @alyssa_fig.”

25 The Mamba July 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Why didn’t Jerry Brown order a cooling off period and step up and help? Oh that’s right, he works for the unions.

26 TeamUSA July 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

@the heartless jerk with no name-

1. My parents couldn’t afford it

And

2. I just lost my job. I’m on the active hunt for work. Don’t tell me to get off of my butt when you don’t know me or what I am going through.

27 Triple Canopy July 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Awesome leadership Mr. DeSaulnier.. “leading” from behind like that idiot in the White House.

Oh, I forgot. He’s not there right now because Oblamer is on a $100 million jaunt across Africa and committing monies that we don’t have. It’s too bad a small portion of that $100 million couldn’t be used for White House tours, forest rangers, and national museums.

28 Melanie July 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Where is Ronald Reagan when you need him? I say fire them all and hire new workers at entry level wages. These jobs don’t require college degrees, so the workers don’t need to make that much money. Don’t offer pensions to the new workers. You will have no trouble filling those jobs.

29 M.O.A. July 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

wow! what a whiz brain, that Marky eh? That ought to motivate. You should be careful not to rile up the union that helped get you elected.

30 @ Jojo potato July 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

You nailed it.

Replace all the Bart workers with returning veterans.

Get rid of the ungrateful spoiled idiots.

They do not realize how quickly & easily they can be replaced.

Their jobs require no skill and can be filled over night with no problem.

31 Surface Bargaining July 2, 2013 at 1:14 PM

BART has a daily weekday ridership of 400,000 people. BART is always in a state of hiring, one of the reasons the employees make the money they do is that they have the ability to work a ton of overtime, They do not have enough employees, which also creates the safety issues the Unions are trying to address. Call your elected BART Board Member to get them to move the negotiations, they are the ones holding the cards, not the Unions.

http://www.alternet.org/labor/7-things-you-need-know-about-bart-strike-california

32 What you really need to know July 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

The facts you actually need to know:

1. BART workers are paid far more than the market rate for the kind of work they do.

2. BART workers are demanding a giant pay increase despite the lack of inflation or productivity increases.

3. BART work rules drive up costs dramatically for no good reason. The union will not budge on rules.

4. BART workers contribute less to their pensions and healthcare than other government workers.

This is union greed pure and simple.

33 anon July 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

What a nimrod.
Really?

34 Really?! July 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM

@ the multiple posters of the Alternet 7 things you need to know.

Those are weak and biased arguments.

Who cares what a family of four needs to get paid to live in the Bay Area. How is that relevant to paying unskilled labor over $70K per year to babysit an automated train system.

How do any of those arguments address the RIDICULOUS pay for managers like the lady that retired and made $330K without even working for a year AND gets a ridiculous pension for life?!

Hows does it address the fact that they pay next to nothing for benefits compared to the rest of is in the real world that fund their ridiculous pay and benefits.

And who gets guaranteed ANY % salary increase over multiple years?!

You can slice it any way you want but it is a FACT that Unions have broken the back of CA and nobody is making any progress in stopping it.

Those jackazzes are out there on the corner waving at traffic expecting people to honk as a show of support. I will continue to give them the finger and yell “get back to work and live in the real world you greedy unrealistic self-entitled morons” as I complete my now 3 hour commute home thanks to them.

Pathetic.

35 Anonymous July 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Thanks Mark, for nothing. Typical say nothing- don’t take a stand – weasel politician.

How about just this once he risk irritating the union? Nah never happen.

36 BagsFlyFree July 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

BART needs to establish a second contract for drivers and maintenance workers (booth staff can be easily replaced) that is offset from this group currently on strike. I think most would be fine with reduced train service while things get hashed out, but this on-off service switch is not acceptable for anyone who has seen their commute triple in time to their jobs.

BFF Out!

37 Bishop Estates July 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

@ #14 Shame on you for your comments to Team USA. Many families cannot afford insurance for their children, not from lack of want for the children but lack of funds.

38 @loyal opposition July 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Hey loyal opposition,

I have never read such a bias piece of crap as that post. Bottom line is they are already overpaid. When you drive by and look at the people picketing they are all smiles. That in itself is enough to want to fire each and every last one of them. And for you to have the balls to sit there and tell me that this strike is about any thing other than money is a joke.

39 Stater of the Obvious July 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

BART workers want us to sympathize with their plight….their $150,000 a year pay and benefits package, their 40 days a year of sick days, their “dangerous” jobs sitting in a ticket booth all day. Well what about our plight? thousands of people in the Bay Area who just manage to scrape by on a lot less than $150,000 a year are about to lose their third day of pay. Where is the sympathy from SEIU?

40 Jerry_Clown July 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Jerry Brown, in his first governorship, signed into law, that CA Gov’ workers could unionize.

NOT ONE local TV news station has mentioned this, as far as I’ve seen.

So, Jerry Brown IS part of the problem.

Are his body guards “union”?

41 JW July 2, 2013 at 2:14 PM

@Loyal opposition: My family and I get by on much less and work two jobs. No sympathy here.

42 JW July 2, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Incidentally, I checked the BART jobs link. This sounds like a good position: “Principal Personnel Analyst, Employee Assistance/Attendance Management.”

I might apply.

43 BTW July 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

It’s not a “BART” strike; it’s a UNION strike against BART and
BART passengers.

BART management should start firing 10 to 20 union employees everyday until the strike AGAINST BART is over.

44 Elwood July 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

It’s good that Mark hasn’t lost the idiot touch.

45 Greedy July 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM

@ Bill – No, with the wages they are paid, they need to shut their mouths and get back to work. Regardless of what their boss’ made or did, that is not the public’s problem.
Receiving 23% over 3 years means those slackers will make over $83K a YEAR. They are causing millions of work hours to be lost because OTHER PEOPLE foolishly rely on them to show up to run the trains. Again, how completely SELFISH to halt an entire region – make people use vacation or sick time they might not have and then have to go without pay because they had no other way to work. Don’t they realize that not everyone owns a car and rely on BART to get them to work, or the store, or their kids to and from daycare? They make me ill. Don’t make excuses for them or justify this behavior.

46 Elwood July 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Loyal opposition July 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM #24

What a bunch of lying bull****.

Did you take lessons from Baghdad Bob?

47 Umbongo July 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

@ the mamba #6

maybe he works for BART management
http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2013/news20130626.aspx

Maybe they are all in it together.

48 Lorelei July 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Both sides of the BART battle, want to make us all SO miserable, that we’ll be happy to give them more money, just so they will go back to their overpaid jobs! Time to replace those jokers with people who really want to work and who would be THRILLED to get what BART employees are getting right now. The “hire returning veterans” idea ROCKS and I say, “Let’s do it!”

P.S. Mr. DeSaulnier….get back to us when you have something CONSTRUCTIVE to say, otherwise, keep your mouth shut!

49 @ Loyal opposition July 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

We all have no sympathy for BART union workers because they have it better than the market will bear. AND, at our expense.

You say………

“While union leaders are demanding a 4.5 percent annual raise over the next three years, BART officials proposed a two percent annual increase over the next four years, which would ultimately cut their net pay”

We say……….

You have a mental disorder. A 4.5 % increase is an increase.

We’re done negotiating. F you.

IT’S TIME TO PRIVATIZE BART ! CUT THE FAT ! NOW !

Mark DeSaulnier……. Make yourself useful. Call for the privatization of BART. Call for the immediate firing of these idiots and call for the immediate hiring of people who appreciate the work. I guarantee that when you place an ad for these jobs at 75% of what these jackwagons make, you will have thousands of qualified applicants.

AND, we can ride BART without interruption and without getting ripped of by the government anymore !

C’mon Mark. Get busy. Let’s go.

50 co-co-res July 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

i say bring back buses and give BART some competition. It is ridiculous, all of us beyond the Caldecot Tunnel only have BART to rely whereas the other counties also get AC Transit. BART needs to be completely reorganized, both management and workers are grossly overpaid and that is why the system is falling apart because the money hasn’t been managed or spent correctly. OVERHAUL BART; reorganize BART; get rid of ALL THESE GREEDY PIGS. DUI DOROTHY IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OVER PAID INEFFECTIVE BART MANAGEMENT. I can’t belive these stupid politicans can’t put a stop to this strike, especially with this heat wave and the need to spare the air.

51 Frank July 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

@loyal #24;

That’s a LOT of smoke to try to blow up someone’s butt!!

52 escapehatch July 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

It is POOR Management all around, and you, Senator DeSaulnier, are a major contributor to it; the Metropolitan Transportation Commission headquarter building, the bolt-breaking disaster on the bridge, the lack of transparency of the government payouts, and your siding with the political handouts from the public employees union. You say you want to control them but nothing happens. You are ineffective and should be replaced. The heat is on.

53 Steve July 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

200,000 riders a day? I thought it was about double that.

Mark – if you feel the need to introduce legislation/pass laws, then you need to step up to the plate and do something substantive….not just lead from the rear like every other REMF.

54 Blah Hunter July 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I wish someone would go all Ronald Reagan and fire every last one of them for holding the Bay Area hostage every couple years. I no longer have any sympathy for Bart workers and wish the fleas of 1000 camels would infest each and every one of their armpits.

55 Lisa July 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

This is not related to the strike, exactly. But this morning on the radio I heard it suggested that during the strike that the carpool lanes should be free. Since you have to use fastrak and some people who don’t normally use the Bay Bridge don’t have fastrak. Carpooling helps to cut down on the congestion on the bridge. The person from Bart said that everyone should get fastrak – even if they don’t use it very often. My question is this…once you put a certain amount of money on your account does it just sit there – is anyone collecting interest off this unused money? Is it a conspiracy – just kidding about that part but I was wondering.

56 Lisa July 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

PS…I also heard that the $150,000 average income includes all BART employees-including management which really jacks up the average. Like saying…The boss makes $400,000. The employee makes $80,000; therefore, the average salary is $240,000. Huh?

57 Lisa July 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

another PS
my health insurance has doubled in the past five years – I have to pay more than twice for my health insurance. Just saying.

58 Anonymous July 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Mark will never ever irritate the unions.That’s a given. Nor will he show any leadership.

59 CatWoman July 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

What a load of crap! I think most of that money goes to the bart employees–I haven’t seen it in the system or the effects in the economy. What venue is this money actually touching?

60 Random Task July 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

@24 nice rant yet still the recession ..over ..yeah not by a long shot the police are not back the bums are everywhere and roads are garbage so belts are tight and not back or even close to 8 years ago …..the back and forth is because the unions have to make moves to show they are still around even though with every strike their numbers diminish people are tired of being out of work and watching unions strike for more money when the strikers are getting paid way over minimum wage and even higher than most city workers …busses included …..and really they have to pay 90 bucks for health care out of their checks …OMG how will they survive …when most have to pay 150 -250 out of pocket for healthcare ….so your rant goes on deaf ears as the rest of us watch you make tools of yourselves as you work your way out of site out of mind as you cry your being taken advantage of by the man and yet it is you who get paid way over budget and force the rest of us to pick up the slack as usual …the dems have corrupted BART and inforced the unions upon them to increase their profits and estate size ….unions won’t exist without the dems and as long as the dems run this state the people will suffer these 4 year union tantrums as the dems need more money for the next election

61 Anonymous July 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

DeSaulnier is doing absolutely nothing to help the voters. He is 100% pro union.

62 WTF? July 2, 2013 at 5:09 PM

I pay for my health care, get 6 sick days a year, 4 weeks vacay after 15 years, and DICK for retirement except what I save.

63 Elwood July 2, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The love for the union is overwhelming!

64 Chupacabra July 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

@ Lisa# 57

Let me explain how math works. One boss making $400,000 does not to any great degree bump up the average salary of an organization with thousands of employees.

65 PHil July 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

@ Loyal #24
If you actually believe your own post, then you must work for BART. Only a BART employee could be so stupid.

66 Lisa July 2, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Chupacabra #64

I know…I was using that as an example of how one person’s large salary (or many people’s large salaries) can mess with the average. Sheesh!

67 Jules July 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM

The whole thing is a political issue. Gov. Brown got $5 million from the SEIU for his campaign. The unions don’t represent the workers in the least. The $$ that is collected to them goes to buy-off the politicians – it is the age old fable. When was the last time you got a 7% increase for 4 years in a row? How much do pay for your health benefits? How about contributing to your future by funding your own pension? What a novel idea??? Get a grip on reality. There are plenty of people who would work for half what they get.

68 Atticus Thraxx July 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM

91 words and the Senator managed to convey absolutely nothing useful whatsoever. There’s an art to that.

69 Anonymous July 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Voters: Remember Desaulnier asked the union” to get back to the table.” He failed to ask them to get back to work.

Remember Desaulnier is not on the commuters side, he’s on the unions side.

70 Rick K. July 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Mark DeSaulnier is a complete phony. He is partially responsible for the unions’ strike against BART. In 2009, he was among the state legislators who signed a letter demanding that the BART administration conform to union demands. See this article in the San Francisco Chronicle on July 1, 2009 with the title “State lawmakers enter BART contract fray”: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/State-lawmakers-enter-BART-contract-fray-3227028.php

It should be obvious whose side DeSaulnier is on. DeSaulnier serves his pet special interests first (the big unions) and gives the shaft to the general public, especially those who demand upon BART and the clogged freeways to get to their jobs.

Thanks, Mark for the strike! You helped to create this monster, you useless mob tool. You kissed big union posterior while they wee-wee-ed all over your constituents. Can’t this over-promoted bartender be sent away to some remote saloon, far far away from anyplace that he can do more damage?

71 Elwood July 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Q. If they made soup out of Marky Mark, what kind of soup would it be?

A. Cream of idiot.

72 Anon July 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Marks hates gun owners, period. If you own a gun or believe in the second amendment at all, heck any of the bill of rights, you need to vote him the rest of the Democommies out of office.

73 Anonymous July 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Coward

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